pensioners and relatives of deceased ex-servicemen on Tuesday turned up at
Kololo Airstrip for the army veteran verification exercise.
The Ministry of Defense last carried out a physical validation of the
pensioners in 2016.
The nationwide exercise that commenced on 17 January and
ends on 8 February 2022 is being conducted by the Ministry of Defence and
Captain Amos Nsamba, the Military Police Spokesperson in charge of the exercise
says that over 400 army veterans, estate administrators, widows, and widowers
were verified at Kololo on Monday.
Nsamba notes that while they are registering an overwhelming turn-up, some of
the beneficiaries have been turned away for not possessing requisite documents
like national IDs, letters of administration, bank information, and death
certificates among others.
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Nakiwala Kwagala, a widow from Kabale village living in Entebbe Municipality
says she has endeavored to participate in the exercise to ensure her benefits
are not affected. Kwagala revealed that she lost her husband in 2005 and his
gratuity and pension is helping her to look after their six children.
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Samuel Kal, says arrears for his late father, a Warrant Officer in the Uganda
Air Force has not been accessed by the family even when they had processed the
letter of administration. He hopes that the process validates his documents so
that they can access arrears that have accumulated since 2019.
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Last week, Huda
Abason Oleru, the Minister of State for Veteran Affairs said that the field
verification also aims at ensuring payroll integrity for pensions and
gratuities to the veterans or survivors who received compensation from the
revealed that at least 11,000 out of 68,000 military veterans and beneficiaries
have so far received their payment and more are yet to be paid. To make the
exercise effective, the Ministry has created 10 zones across the country in
North, West Nile, East, and Western regions.
Oleru explained that backlog classification involves living veterans, the estate of
veterans deceased in retirement category, estates of officers and militants
deceased while in active servicemen, ex-gratia living veterans among others.
Ochola's journalism career begun from Radio King 90.2 FM in Gulu around 2009, and Radio Rupiny 95.7 Fm under Vision Group in 2012. He also reported for Mighty Fire 91.5 Fm, Kitgum in 2015 before joining Wizarts Foundation in 2017.
He has been reporting for Uganda Radio Network (URN) since 2017 before being posted as Bureau Chief Kitgum, and latr Gulu between 2018 - 2021. Currently, he reports from Parliament.